Category: News

Disney Dreamin’ With Matthew Morrison

Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe nominated artist Matthew Morrison has partnered with Disney Music to release a fresh contemporary take on some of his favorite iconic Disney songs. “Disney Dreamin’ with Matthew Morrison” will feature material from beloved Disney classics such as Aladdin, Toy Story, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Tarzan and more.

Releases March 6th, 2020!

Go The Distance – YouTube

Track List:

  •   1. FRIEND LIKE ME
  •   2. GO THE DISTANCE
  •   3. YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME
  •   4. A WHOLE NEW WORLD
  •   5. WHEN I SEE AN ELEPHANT FLY
  •   6. THE SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT
  •   7. A DREAM IS A WISH A HEART MAKES
  •   8. YOU’LL BE IN MY HEART
  •   9. WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR
  •   10. ZIP-A-DEE-DOO-DAH / THE BARE NECESSITIES

Huey Lewis And The News “Weather” Walmart Exclusive Deluxe Edition

Walmart Exclusive – Includes the brand new album from Huey Lewis and a bonus disc featuring 10 of his greatest hits Weather (Walmart Exclusive) (CD)

Weather Track List:

  1. While We’re Young
  2. Her Love Is Killin’ Me
  3. I Am There For You
  4. Hurry Back Baby
  5. Remind Me Why I Love You Again
  6. Pretty Girls Everywhere
  7. One of The Boys

So if you are looking for the best bang for your buck for the cd edition, this is the version to pick up. Reminder that the LP (Record) is not currently listed for preorder via Walmart, Target or Best Buy. Amazon, Plaid Room Records and Elusive Disc however do have it listed.

Jere and myself are extremely excited for this release. It has been a long time coming and based on the singles released so far, this is going to be one fun ride! Currently we have no further information on what the “10 greatest hits” tracks are. But we’ll make sure to update this news brief once we receive further details.

Robert Cray to Release New Album, guest artists include Ray Parker Jr and Steve Perry

“Funky, cool and bad,” is how Robert Cray describes his latest album, That’s What I Heard, out February 28. “I thought if it we could get this thing that Sam Cooke used to have, the kind of sound that early Sam Cooke records had, that we could pull this off,” says producer Steve Jordan.

Over the past four decades, Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots, blues, soul and R&B, with five Grammy wins, 20 acclaimed studio albums and a bundle of live albums that punctuate the Blues Hall of Famer’s career. On That’s What I Heard, Robert celebrates the music of Curtis Mayfield, Bobby “Blue” Bland, The Sensational Nightingales and more, alongside four newly written songs. Listen to the first single “Anything You Want” here (by Robert Cray), available now on all streaming services.

Cray and Jordan go way back, having met during the making of the Chuck Berry documentary Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll, in 1987. They started working together in 1999, when Jordan produced the Grammy-winning Take Your Shoes Off, and the recent Grammy-nominated LP, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm. That’s What I Heard is their sixth album. “Once you start working with Steve, it’s kind of hard to get away from him,” said Robert.

The music on That’s What I Heard falls into two camps, the sweet and the funky. Of the former, “You’re the One” comes from the Bobby “Blue” Bland songbook. “There’s this thing where I feel you kind of gotta get out of your own head when you’re covering one of your heroes,” Cray explained. “Bobby’s one of those. You just let yourself go, and do the song because you love it.”

Don Gardner’s “My Baby Likes to Boogaloo” and the Billy Sha-Rae minor hit, “Do It” are acknowledged rarities (the originals can be heard on the compilation, Groove & Grind: Rare Soul). “Do It” is leaner and meaner, the sort of bare-bones funk that defined the Detroit club sound in the early ’70s with Sha-Rae, Dennis Coffey, and Earl Van Dyke. Cray’s steamroller rendition gets a little extra push from guest guitarist Ray Parker, Jr., who played in Sha-Rae’s band as a teen.

“Burying Ground” is a sacred song from the Sensational Nightingales, inspired by Cray’s youth, when Sundays on the stereo were reserved for his parents’ gospel records. Curtis Mayfield wrote “You’ll Want Me Back” for Major Lance, and Cray wrote “To Be with You” for his late friend, Tony Joe White. “Hot” is another Cray original. “As for the lyrics, “We always say to ourselves, ‘I’m old, but I’m hot,’” he said, and laughed. Spotted hanging around the studio, Steve Perry sang harmony vocals on “Promises You Can’t Keep,” written by Steve Jordan, Kim Wilson and Danny Kortchmar.

That’s What I Heard Tracklist
“Anything You Want” (Robert Cray)
“Burying Ground” (traditional)
“You’re The One” (Deadric Malone)
“This Man” (Robert Cray)
“You’ll Want Me Back” (Curtis Mayfield)
“Hot” (Robert Cray)
“Promises You Can’t Keep” (Steve Jordan/Danny Kortchmar/Kim Wilson)
“To Be With You” (Robert Cray)
“My Baby Likes To Boogaloo” (Don Gardner)
“You Can’t Make Me Change” (Robert Cray)
“Little Less Lonely” (Richard Cousins/Hendrix Ackle)
“Do It” (Jack Ashford/Lorraine Chandler)

Anything You Want – Single – YouTube
Robert Cray Speaks About His New Album – YouTube

Legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart has died

Widely regarded as one of the greatest drummers in rock Neil Peart has sadly passed away at 67 after a three year battle with brain cancer.

Our thoughts are with Neil’s family and band mates.  The music world has lost a giant. Rest In Power.

Styx – Tribute To Neil Peart

Track-listing & Album Artwork for Harem Scarem’s Change The World emerge

One of Canada’s best kept secrets Harem Scarem are gearing up to release their 15th studio album, Change The World, in early March of 2020. As fans eagerly count the days until they have it in their hands both the album artwork and track-listing have now made their way onto the internet.

Harem Scarem – Change The World

  1. Change The World
  2. Aftershock
  3. Searching For Meaning
  4. The Death Of Me
  5. Mother Of Invention
  6. No Man’s Land
  7. In The Unknown
  8. Riot In My Head
  9. No Me Without You
  10. Fire & Gasoline
  11. Swallowed By The Machine
  12. No Man’s Land (Acoustic Verison) – Japanese Bonus Track

The first single The Death Of Me is set to be released on January 23rd.

Harem Scarem To Release New Studio Album “Change The World” March 2020!

Change The World” will be their 15th studio album, with a release date of March 4th, 2020. Several versions of the album will be released including a deluxe edition featuring a DVD and bonus material.

It was previously noted by the band that they were in the studio working on the album as early as fall 2018. And recently (fall 2019) Harry Hess, lead vocalist, was in process of mastering the album via HBOMB Mastering.

2020 is already looking very bright! More details to come!

Roxette’s Marie Fredriksson passes away

Another sad day for the music industry as iconic Roxette front woman Marie Fredriksson has succumbed to cancer after a 17 year battle with the disease.

One of the most dynamic talents to break out of Sweden Marie’s powerhouse vocals took Roxette to the top of charts with numerous hit singles including – The Look, Listen To Your Heart, Dangerous, and Joyride to name a few.

Both myself and Tony send our condolences to Marie’s family, friends, and band mates. While her incredible voice is no longer with us it will continue to live on through an amazing body of work.

Huey Lewis & the News drop another single from upcoming album – Weather.

While it’s been nearly two decades since ’80s mainstay Huey Lewis & the News released an album’s worth of original material with 2001’s Plan B, Huey and the guys have proven that they still know how to craft catchy pop/rock numbers that stick with you long after the first listen. The band’s previous single Her Love Is Killin’ Me feels like it would be right at home on the seminal masterpiece that launched their careers – Sports.

Now right in time for the holiday season HLN have premiered the next single – While We’re Young over on their official YouTube channel. Featuring a seamless blend of guitars, horns and smooth harmonies if Her Love Is Killin’ Me plays like a long lost Sports outtake While We’re Young would have no problem fitting in on 1988’s vastly underrated Small World.

Weather is set for release on Valentine’s Day – February 14th, 2020.